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Research and Development

Research is a vital part of improving care for the people we serve. As one of the largest mental health and disability trusts in England, we have a significant research profile.

Research and Development (R&D) is a vital part of improving care for the people we serve. As one of the largest mental health and disability trusts in England, we have a significant research profile.  Research and Development (R&D) is a core part of what we do. It is this high quality research that is embedded in all of our services.

COVID19 Research Plan (468kB)

What do we do?

The main roles we have in the Research and Development department are:

  • Supporting staff, students and researchers
  • Increasing involvement for staff, service users and the public
  • Ensuring the highest quality of research, both scientifically and ethically, within the Trust

In addition to this, our team makes sure that cutting edge research is embedded in everything we do as a Trust. We pride ourselves on having the means to develop, support and promote local, national and international research studies. The R&D team is completely committed to getting as many service users as possible involved in what we do. If you want to find out more about being part of our work, please get in touch.

Our research successes

Research can help improve treatments and services for everyone.  As a result, research is a vital part of the Trust’s work. We are lucky to have some of the country’s best mental health and learning disability researchers working in, and with our Trust.

We have been able to contribute to ground-breaking research that will potentially change the lives of the people we serve. For example, one of the studies we are part of is working towards finding a new way of diagnosing and treating first episode psychosis. Also, our work with partners has established that early intervention to help autistic children and their parents with communication can help reduce symptoms in the long-term.

Read more about our latest research

Our Trust is unique in that we offer some highly specialist services, which has in turn allowed us to support research in a range of specific areas. In particular, we are regarded as research leaders in autism, affective disorders, cognitive behavioural therapy and dementia.

As a Trust, we run hundreds of different services and provide research opportunities across the board. We always welcome new research studies, as well as academic and commercial partnerships.

How do we do research?

Patient and public involvement and engagement in research is a key priority for us. We are especially keen for service users to help design and shape studies, as well as taking part in them.

We aim to make sure research studies are embedded into clinical services and seek to develop a workforce whose culture and behaviours demonstrate the value of research in improving patient care. By ensuring we put research findings into practice, we aim to make sure the services we provide are underpinned by robust evidence of effectiveness from the latest research.

CNTW aims to deliver world-class services and participating in research is a key part of doing that.

John LawlorChief Executive

There are lots of different methods used in research studies. Sometimes we might use interviews, questionnaires, observations, blood or tissue samples, and scanning. Research is not always about drugs or therapies. It is just as important to understand the best ways of supporting you and your family. You can take a look at some of the studies we’re recruiting to below.

Studies currently recruiting

CNTW Research and Development (834kB)

Studies currently recruiting

Who are our research partners?

In 2015, we formed the Newcastle Academic Health Partners with Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle University. This partnership harnesses world-class expertise to ensure people benefit sooner from new treatments, diagnostics and prevention strategies.

In CNTW we also have Academic Clinical Collaborations (ACCs). These aim to promote the development of multidisciplinary work and education between local hospital Trusts, primary care Trusts, mental health Trusts, academic institutions and other external partners. This group aims to continue to improve the quality of work done in the region.

The Clinical Research Network (CRN) plays a significant role in our research. CRN staff help us identify and support people to take part in studies.  We also work closely with the Academic Health Science Network.

We have close links with the Academic Department of Psychiatry (Institute of Neuroscience), the Institute for Ageing and the Institute for Health and Society at Newcastle University.

Want to research with us?

We always welcome new partners and studies from academic institutions, commercial companies and other NHS Trusts. If you want to explore the possibility of working with us, you can drop us a line at

As an NHS organisation that receives NIHR funding, we are required to achieve certain standards in the approval and delivery of research.

To see our success in achieving these targets, take a look at our statistics for Performance in Initiating and Delivering Clinical Research (PID CR):

To research with us, your study will need to have Health Research Authority (HRA) approval.

If you are a student, and your study fulfils the HRA criteria for student projects, simply fill out the Student Project Registration Form and return it to us using the email address provided.

CNTW Student Research Guide (670kB)

Student Project Application Form (58kB)

For student projects that fulfil HRA criteria

All service evaluations need to be registered with the Research and Development Team using this form.

Your information and research

Information about patients

Research and Development performance

To see our success with research set up and delivery to time and target, please click here for our NIHR initiating and delivering performance indicators.

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How can I find out more?

You can find out more in this information leaflet

You can contact the research and development team through the details given below.

New CNTW staff publications

NTW authors March 2018 (26kB)

NTW authors Sept to Dec 2017 (39kB)


Research Standard Operating Procedures and Quality Assurance System

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are written documentation of processes that ensure a standard of quality and consistency.

Our SOPs are an essential element for the control of clinical research from planning through to study closure, and allow our Trust to ensure the studies we sponsor are subject to a robust quality management system.

You can view and download our current SOP library using the link below.

Research Sponsorship Quality Management System April 2019 (180kB)

If you would like access to any of the Standard Operating Procedures or Associated Documents in the SOP library, please email  quoting the SOP or document reference number.

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Lyndsey Dixon
Research and Development Manager

Tel: 0191 246 7222

Victoria Ternent
Research Co-ordinator

Tel: 0191 246 7228 /07976 791 368

Ellie Drummond
Research Co-ordinator

Tel: : 07776 494 819

Bryony Stokes
Quality Assurance Lead


Jahnese Hamilton
Research Funding Development Manager


Joseph Horne
Commercial Lead


Simon Douglas
Joint Director of Research, Innovation and Clinical Effectiveness

Tel: 0191 246 7222

Paula Whitty
Joint Director of Research, Innovation and Clinical Effectiveness

Tel: 0191 246 7222